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SteveG

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Sat on site and the sunshine has finally arrived in NW Scotland A couple of units on site have got me thinking, both are towing cars. When towing, the car will have to have the same plate as the towing vehicle I understand that! What about when being used as a runaround? Surely it has to have its own registration? Confused.com in Scotland
 

GWAYGWAY

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Lightboard on the back with all the indicators brakelights etc, And the number plate, unless you want to try and get away with speed camera confusion, as you were not driving the car at the time it went off.
 

schojac

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Your assumptions are correct; whilst being towed, same as towing vehicle. When solo; own registration.

Have on one occasion forgot to remove towing vehicle's number and ran around for two days with different number on front to the back of the "toad".
 

xjrchris

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I have a spring loaded bracket on mine , takes no time to change the plates, i know the number plate could be nicked but have used loads of times without it getting nicked( whats the point of nicking one number plate) and with cordless screw drivers it only take seconds to remove ones that are screwed on ,

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Takes me a minute to change the plates over a clever quick release device supplied by Armitage trailers, uses a 2pronged fork to lift the retaining halves.
 
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If both vehicles are registered to the same owner at the same address then the need to 'match' the plates is not generally enforced, and therefore not necessarily a problem. (Certainly in this country).
That's why tractors don't often have the same plate as the trailer........the farm is registered to both tractor and all the trailers are interchangable .
Jim (ex cop!)
 

schojac

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Can't understand why you would want to tow a car if you thought that way why not buy a caravan? :unsure:

Off we go!

It gives me freedom of choice. Most of the better sites in the UK tend to be in the countryside (CL's and all that) and parking a motorhome can be a challenge, hence the Toad.

Europe doesn't present the same problem as many sites are within walking/cycling distance.

At the end of the day it's personal choice. ;)

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Jaws

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When I was doing shows, the fitted number plate was the show one, the road legal one was just held in place with a couple of strips of velcro
 

Jaws

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Can't understand why you would want to tow a car if you thought that way why not buy a caravan? :unsure:

In the same train of thought.. Why buy and run an expensive motorhome.. A car and hotel would do the job ( you can get an AWFUL lot of hotel time for £50,000 !!! )
In fact as a hotel is just a house ( or worse, just a room ! ) why not stay at home ?
After all, most of the population does exactly that........ which makes us either weird or perhaps doing what we want to do even though, in the light of cold hard facts, there is little rhyme or reason to our chosen hobby / life style (y)
 

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If both vehicles are registered to the same owner at the same address then the need to 'match' the plates is not generally enforced, and therefore not necessarily a problem. (Certainly in this country).
That's why tractors don't often have the same plate as the trailer........the farm is registered to both tractor and all the trailers are interchangable .
Jim (ex cop!)

Yes, I was informed that providing the plate belonged to a registered and taxed vehicle, the towed unit could be different to the towing vehicle. I've borrowed a trailer from a friend a few times and never bothered about the reg. number being different. Local bobby said that was OK.
 
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Many years ago coming home from Snetterton on Friday night, I was pulled over by a copper. When I asked what was wrong, he said my bike reg. plate was illegal, and a fake. I said that as it was on a trailer, it didn't count. (I have a plate just for trackdays so folk can find me. It's YOR1K - look over to the left

He started to get stroppy and said it was fraudulent to use a false plate. Knowing it's not a wise move to piss off some coppers, I asked politely if he'd call his station to check the legality of things on a bike on a trailer. He did so, and seemed really mad that he'd been proved wrong
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Then he started to look around the bike for more faults. :( Then he said that the rear tyre was illegal as totally bald on one side. I politely replied that he should maybe call his station again :)

This seemed to rile him even more.:clap2:

When he said the bike tax disc was in the wrong place ( in nose fairing) I made a hand gesture to my ear imitating a phone, barely able to stifle my laughter:clap2::clap2::clap2:

He was starting to get really mad, and just got in his car and drove off :whistle2:

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John & Joan

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When I was running a caravan business I went out with the Land Rover to bring in a caravan. I was involved in an accident and the number plate showing the Land Rover number became dislodged from the caravan rear window. No number plate on the caravan. I received a written warning from Northumbria Police for not displaying a number plate on the rear of the caravan. I had shown the plate to the officer who attended the scene, when I picked it up in the caravan, but as it was not actually displayed when he saw the outfit, they issued the written warning stating it should be fixed in a manner that it would remain displayed. This warning stated that the offence was on record and if a further offence was committed it would be taken into account.
 

John & Joan

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We only use a trailer to transport the Smart. We don't take it abroad now as it is easier to wild park solo and we can get to the places we want to go in the motorhome.

UK is not adopting the new EU trailer regulations so the grey area still remains regarding A-Frame towing.
 

Silver-Fox

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Just as well mini diggers don't have to be registered then :)

With regard to the plate being dislodged
what happens if ssomeone runs into the back of you and breaks your plate off

Do you get done for not displaying

Sometimes I wonder what happened to common sense :)
 

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